Store chain not your average Joe

Column by Penny Parker


One Trader Joe's coming to Colorado was fantastic news for this California girl. Two put me over the moon, especially since it was announced No. 2 would be located on Eighth and Colorado near my Capitol Hill abode.

Now, the California-based specialty grocery store I grew up on is adding a third store in Greenwood Village.

The Denver Post reported Trader Joe's has signed a lease at the Cherry Hills Marketplace at 5901 S. University Blvd., at the intersection with East Orchard Road. The first two stores — in Denver and on Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street mall — are scheduled to open in 2014, as will the Greenwood Village store.

Off the air

Bertha Lynn has been one of my favorite on-air personalities since I arrived in Denver in 1993. She is the sweetest, most generous human being.

Now that she's leaving Denver's 7, viewers from Golden to Highlands Ranch and Westminster to Littleton are losing a truly wonderful asset on the air. But good for her! She's been able to reinvent herself in a new occupation.

After reporting the news for more than 30 years for KMGH-Channel 7, Lynn is leaving the newsroom to become executive director of the Children's Diabetes Foundation in Denver.

“I'm writing a new chapter,” Lynn said via email. “I'm so grateful to my past and present colleagues. I've loved bringing home the news to the people of Colorado since 1976 and now I'm ready to apply, in a different arena, the skills I've learned as a communicator and in the boardrooms of the many nonprofit organizations I've served over the years. I'll be working with a wonderful group of people at a respected organization. I'm thrilled!”

In a 7News press release, Lynn said, “To be tapped by Barbara Davis and the Board of the Children's Diabetes Foundation to carry on their work helping sick children is a dream come true — allowing me to meet new challenges while continuing to serve in Colorado. The people of Denver and Colorado have been very kind and generous to me as they watched me grow up. Colorado remains my home and I look forward to engaging with the community for even greater support in our battle against life-threatening diabetes.”

7News news director Jeff Harris said Lynn's “career at 7News is an inspiration to so many. But, more than anything else, Bertha has worked tirelessly to improve our community. For this, we are grateful and not a bit surprised in her decision to lead this wonderful organization.”

Lynn, one of Denver's most recognized and honored broadcast journalists, has been reporting news to Coloradans since 1976 when she began with KBTV (now KUSA-Channel 9) as an anchor and reporter. In 1984, she moved to 7News where she has anchored and reported for nearly every station newscast. Lynn signed off Aug. 9 in her final 7News telecast.

We'll miss her and wish her much success.

Golden Fine Arts Festival coming

Downtown Golden is the place to be on Aug. 17-18, when art lovers attend the 23rd annual Golden Fine Arts Festival.

The festival, sponsored by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, features more than 130 artists in a variety of media, including ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and 2D. Artists will be awarded prizes in nine categories,and cash awards total more than $1,800.

The festival is free and features live music and free horse-drawn carriage rides and Li'l Spike train rides through historic downtown Golden.

For more information and updates about the Golden Fine Arts Festival, visit or Golden's visitor website at

Rocky Flats museum moves again

If you grew up during the Cold War era, you'll remember — and probably appreciate — the history of that time.

Part of that is encapsulated in the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum in Arvada, which moved to a new space on July 1. The museum, which held its first exhibition in 2012, moved to the lobby space of the Jehn Center at 5690 Webster St. after being housed at the old Arvada Post Office building on Yukon Street.

In 2001, a nonprofit foundation was dedicated to preserving the history of the former nuclear weapons plant. Rocky Flats produced more than 60,000 plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons from 1952-1989. A Superfund cleanup of the 6,200-acre site and 800 structures began in 1995. In 2007, most of the site became a national wildlife refuge.

Rocky Flats Cold War Museum executive director Conny Bogaard says the museum hopes to find a permanent home near the Rocky Flats site off Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder. Fundraising efforts are in the works to build that facility.

Just some of the artifacts on exhibit through mid-September include paintings by Doug Waterfield, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

A new exhibit of Rocky Flats artifacts and photos, curated by former plant employees, will open Sept. 27.

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit


Eavesdropping on a woman talking about the recent Bruno Mars concert at Red Rocks during the Rally for the Cure tournament at Aurora Hills Golf Course: “The concert was like watching the newest and greatest Jackson 5.”

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment